1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Pandects
PANDECTS (Lat. pandecta, adapted from Gr. πανδέκτης, all containing), a name given to a compendium or digest of Roman law compiled by order of the emperor Justinian in the 6th century (a.d. 530–533). The pandects were divided into fifty books, each book containing several titles, divided into laws, and the laws into several parts or paragraphs. The number of jurists from whose works extracts were made is thirty-nine, but the writings of Ulpian and Paulus make up quite half the work. The work was declared to be the sole source of non statute law: commentaries on the compilation were forbidden, or even the citing of the original works of the jurists for the explaining of ambiguities in the text. See Justinian; and Roman Law.